By Constantin Radut
I have not yet read the work of the French Fabien Bougle, an expert in this sector. This is because it appeared only today in Paris, where it does not delay to cause scandal of large proportions because of the disclosures that show the dirty business in this field of renewable energy.
“Eoliennes : la face noire de la transition écologique” [“Eoliennes: the black face of the ecological transition”] – Editions du Rocher (October 2, 2019) shows that wind energy has benefited in recent decades from systematic propaganda to be seen as a symbol of ecology and the fight for climate.
However, behind this green image, says Fabien Bougle, is hiding pollution, CO2 emissions, attacks on health and biodiversity, hijacking public funds, raising the price of electricity, conflicts of interest, a powerful lobby that hides underground interests.
I have not read Fabien Bougle’s book, but I have written and published many articles that demonstrate that in Romania, the overnight expansion of the wind turbines has also benefited from the support of some economic, political and media interest groups.
It is inadmissible, from our point of view, that the National Press Agency, Agerpres, be the spokesman for the employers in the renewable sector.
If one day, God brings a strong wind and the turbines spin, Agerpres is the first press vector to lift this ordinary deed to heaven.
When the wind does not blow and the turbines do not bring in the National Energy System any MWh of electricity, then the trumpets in the press do not hear and see.
For more than three months, renewable energy has consumed more than it delivered electricity. I have not seen in any media in Romania to bring praise to the Oltenia Energy Complex, which has kept the country’s energy security.
Because of the unstoppable propaganda that wind energy will bring us a happy energy future, investments in fossil fuel plants, nuclear and hydro have been as non-existent. From about 9000 MW of power installed in fossil fuel fired power stations, no more than 2000-2500 MW are operational today.
Recently, the Government launched the idea of supporting electricity, other than renewable energy, through support from consumers. Most of the actors in the energy system jumped like burns. We must not subsidize electricity!
But, for over 10 years, Romanian consumers have subsidized renewable energy through the green certificates that the population was forced to support. Was this not an unfair subsidy?
As a result of the green certificates, foreign investors (dawned like mushrooms after the rain) crowded to make investments in Romania. They made them with the money of Romanian citizens and consumers! Today we have a capacity of about 3500 MW wind power and about 1500 MW photovoltaic power. In Romania there is one of the largest wind farms in Europe, over 600 MW.
However, as I said, in the last three to four months, Romania has had the largest imports of electricity in its history. Without the power of the wind, the wind turbines in Dobrogea looked like ghosts of another geo-economic era.
The decisions of the Government to give up the subsidization of the wind energy determined the fall of the investments in this sector. Nobody knows what the future of the wind sector will be. Maybe another guven serving the diplomatic lobby will resurrect so-called strategic investors.
The chances are low, given that international propaganda in favor of wind turbines is beginning to be undermined by economic and energy reality.
By Constantin Radut